Free acces to leisure centres for military families

4pm 06.11.07 - FAMILIES of military personnel will soon be able to swim and go to the gym for free.

FAMILIES of military personnel will soon be able to swim and go to the gym for free.

A scheme, announced by North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton, means family members will have free access to leisure centres run by the unitary authority.

This is thought to be the first such project to be introduced by a council and it is hoped that others will introduce similar benefits to service personnel.

Admission will only be given to the immediate family of military service men and women on active service.


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Council leisure officers and Ministry of Defence staff have been in discussions on how best to run the scheme, in terms of eligibility and security issues.

Service men and their families are being contacted at the moment to be made aware of the scheme and the benefits it brings.

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Cllr Ashton said: "While it has taken a few weeks to get the scheme off the ground, I am delighted it is now up and running.

"This may seem like a small gesture but we want to demonstrate our support for all military men and women who are serving overseas."

If you think you are eligible for the scheme contact North Somerset Council leisure service on 01934 634640.

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